Colorado School of Mines hosted the first ever Rocky
Mountain Honors Symposium. The
major draw of this event was the competition
between honors programs to give the best presentation about a given prompt. The
prompt was, “Environmental challenges can be defined in a variety of ways and
might be local or global, simple or complex, well-studied or obscure. Select
one that you think has been unrecognized, overlooked, or inadequately explored
and develop a sophisticated position for addressing it or communicating its
Arthur Boo (Engineering, 2014), Derrick Gallegos (Business,
2016), Tamara Lhungay (Pre-Med, 2014), Jessica Logar (Business, 2016), Jennifer
Mayo (English, 2013), Amelia Sanchez (Biology, 2016), and Mandy Wong
(Philosophy, 2013) all attended the event along with Dr. Steven Medema. The day
started with a fun activity to see which group could build the tallest (or most
original) tower from materials in a given box. There were no rules, so students
began to grab objects from around the room to make the tallest tower.
Jennifer’s team quickly realized they were going to lose the
challenge, so they decided to go for the most original tower award. Each table
was labeled after an environmental disaster and their table was named after
Chernobyl. Thus, they created a Chernobyl victim with their parts and went on
to win the most original tower title.
After the fun died down, lunch was served and students had
to go around campus completing a picture scavenger hunt. The goal was to take
pictures relating to prompts such as, “Next Olympic Sport” and “Pi in the
Aside from the fun activities, a total of eight honors
programs presented on the topic of environmental challenges. While Jennifer,
Jessica, and Mandy did their best by presenting about their involvement with
the Hike-a-thon and their plans for the tree-planting, they did not win.
Colorado School of Mines took home the trophy for this year. Denver University
will be hosting the Rocky Mountain Honors Symposium next year.
Though they did not come back as winners, the symposium
allowed the UHL students to meet new people, reconnect with old friends, and
have a fun Saturday focused on teamwork.